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Horse Racing: Shaker gives Spencer one smooth ride; YARMOUTH.

Byline: by Tony Elves

SHAKER made sure that Jamie Spencer's quick flit to Yarmouth was worthwhile when making a winning debut in the 6f fillies' stakes.

The E155,000 purchase was tardy at the start, but Spencer soon had the 7-2 joint-favourite travelling comfortably and she showed a nifty turn of foot to take up the running from Mayaar over a furlong out before resisting the late challenge of the promising Gone Fast by half a length.

Spencer was quickly on his way to Warwick's evening meeting after partnering his sole mount of the afternoon to a win that came as no surprise to Shaker's trainer, Michael Bell, who said: "She is a nice filly and her lass, Suzy Merrolova, has done a great job with her. She has the Goffs Sales race as her main aim and we will fiddle around with her and maybe run her again in the meantime."

Miss Marvellous gave her paddock value a boost when getting off the mark in the 1m2f maiden.

Her task was made easier by the antics of the awkward-looking 4-5 favourite, Earl Marshal, who reared at the stalls and then didn't look keen, while Oscar Urbina had his mount travelling easily on the bridle when hitting the front over two furlongs out before holding on by half a length from the market leader.

Trainer James Fanshawe said: "We might have picked the right race. To begin with she was just running away, but she's done lots of long canters and that has helped her settle down."

Fanshawe went on to complete a 55-1 double when Kingscape gained his second career success in the 1m2f handicap.

Kerrin McEvoy held Kingscape off the pace in the early stages, but made smooth progress to join issue a furlong out before pushing to the front near the line for a half-length win from Salonga.

1 here was another shock for odds-on backers when Dawn Sky was outbattled by 66-1 outsider Iceman George under Richard Mullen in the second division of the 1m2f maiden.

Having only beaten one home in his two previous starts, trainer Dave Morris said: "I didn't think he was good enough but he has needed to get his brain into gear and this race cut up enough to give him a chance."

Indian's Feather showed plenty of resolution when defying top weight in the 7f fillies' handicap.

What A Treasure had made her bid for glory when going on two furlongs out under Nicky Mackay, but Kevin Darley had that move covered as he pushed the Nigel Tinkler-trained mare up on the line to score by a head.

Secret Meaning had pulled too hard for her own good when fourth to Miss Willoughby on her last visit to the course three weeks ago but had little trouble reversing the form in the 6f seller.

She was much more amenable for Saleem Golam on this occasion and came through to collar Mister Beano inside the final furlong before going on to register a two-length success. The winner was bought in for 7,200gns.

Neil Callan, rider of the second, was suspended for one day (July 16) for careless riding and received a further day (July 17) for using his whip with excessive frequency on Dawn Sky, runner-up to Iceman George.

Star performance

Shaker, who showed a telling turn of foot under Jamie Spencer to land the 6f maiden fillies' race One to unload John Warren may be well advised to advise the Queen to give Earl Marshal an early trip to the sales


Jamie Spencer: one ride, one winner at Yarmouth
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2007
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